Kuala Lumpur has been seeing clear skies of late, with recent rain and wind driving out the hazy weather that has plagued the country and its neighbours in previous weeks. In fact, today’s Air Pollutant Index (API) indicates “good”
air quality readings at 46 areas and a “moderate” reading in six areas. No areas were reported to have unhealthy air quality readings.
Speaking to media last week, Che Gayah Ismail, the director-general of Malaysia’s Meteorological Department, also added that the country should have “blue skies and no more haze”, saying that any further smoke would be blown away from the region.
The Department had previously issued a statement announcing the beginning of the annual monsoon season in Malaysia, a period of rain that is expected to last until March 2016. The statement went on to say that the Northeast wind blowing across the South China Sea to Malaysia, will prevent the forest fire haze in Indonesia from reaching Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Department of Environment will continue to monitor the API readings through 52 monitoring stations across the country, while the Malaysian Meteorological Department is on standby to respond with its cloud seeding efforts should the haze situation return to unhealthy levels.
The latest API readings are updated hourly and can be accessed on the Department of Environment’s website athttp://apims.doe.gov.my/v2/ or by downloading the official MyIPU mobile application in the ‘Google Play’ app store.